Defpoints


Obama‚Äôs audacious public works
December 15, 2008, 8:02 pm
Filed under: Design, Economy, North America, Politics, Transportation

In the Boston Globe, Bob Campbell comments on Barack Obama’s proposed public works program: “The audacity of hope for better public works.”

In his radio announcement, Obama mentioned roads and bridges, sewer systems, schools, mass transit, electrical grids, dams and other public utilities, windmills and solar panels, and expanded access to the Internet.

Nothing in there specifically about architecture.


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“What recession?” Green Architects Say
November 14, 2008, 7:11 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Design, Economy, Green

Matt Chaban writes about the one bright spot in the design economy in the Architect’s Newspaper.



McDonald’s, WalMart, Subway, Oh My!
November 9, 2008, 10:25 pm
Filed under: Design, Economy, Green, North America

retailers go green, big time.



Big box stores go green
August 11, 2008, 9:48 pm
Filed under: Design, Green

From the New York Times. I’ve seen dozens of student projects propose photovoltaics for big box roofs over the years. Why did it take so long for these stores?

Graphic from the New York Times

Graphic from the New York Times



Democratic Ecology
August 7, 2008, 7:43 pm
Filed under: Design, Energy, Green

Democratic Ecology wind turbine, Philippe Starck

By now, this personal wind turbine by Philippe Starck has shown up everywhere: the New York Times, Apartment Therapy, Inhabitat…. But it is still a cool and ballsy proposition—to have a personal windmill that could provide 30-60% of the energy for your home.



Eamespunk
July 30, 2008, 7:45 am
Filed under: Design

Like Steampunk, but slightly less bizarre. Some thoughts from Daniel Neville.



Zaha designs shoes
July 30, 2008, 7:12 am
Filed under: Design

Looks fit for the Wicked Witch of the West. Courtesy of The Guardian.

Shoes designed by Zaha Hadid, Melissa brand.

Shoes designed by Zaha Hadid, Melissa brand.